To complete an Eagle Scout project, the Scouts have to work up a proposal with estimates, get donations for the materials and funds from the community, gather workers and lead the group to accomplish the project.
Currently a junior, Matthew Collins began attending the academy in Pre-K, and his work through the Boy Scouts of America has contributed to the FBCA campus.
“My experience as a Boy Scout was great,” Matthew said. “It will always have an impact on my life. I made many new friends and have built strong relationships with them that will last forever.”
Matthew completed his Eagle Scout project in October 2015. He took down the old chicken wire fencing around the South Campus vegetable garden and replaced it with 180 feet of cedar posts, cedar rails and edging. In conjunction with Matthew’s project, fellow FBCA student, Cameron Shih, led the shed project to house the garden tools.
FBCA student, Nathan Gee also completed his Eagle Scout project on campus. Nathan developed the FBCA youth-sized soccer field near the kickball field in the recess area. This project stood out to him because when he was in elementary school, the students did not have a soccer field.
“I would wish that we could have goals and a marked field to play on instead of shooting in between two shoes placed on the ground,” he said.
Nathan installed two youth-sized soccer goals, painted the field and left stakes in the ground where someone could repaint the field as needed. He had to anchor the goals in the ground, so he dug several holes in the ground and concreted them in.
Nathan Gee has helped others with their Eagle Scout Projects such as FBCA student, Zach Adams. Adams led the basketball court project at the FBCA football fields.
“The times I spent with my friends are my best memories,” Nathan said.
There are many lessons that Scouts learn, including various survival skills, but for Nathan, the biggest takeaway was the skill of leadership.
“The premise of Boy Scouts is leadership,” he said. “As I went through the program, I was given opportunities to lead groups of guys numbering 6 to 26. I have learned and am continuing to learn how to work with people and how to get them to do what they need to do.”
On April 24, the Eagle Scout Court of Honor recognized Troop 1248, FBCA students Trevor Rivers, Cameron Shih, Zach Adams, Nathan Gee, Bryton Flecker and Matthew Collins as Eagle Scouts.